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David Lee Thompson Exhibit at Museum of the Everglades

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By Pat Newman The Everglades unfold mile by mile along the Tamiami Trail (41) as mangrove swamps give way to green hammocks, shallow canals and bursts of seasonal color. David Lee Thompson’s collection, “Primordial Everglades,” captures the panorama and the natural minutia of Florida’s natural treasure. His photographs are on display through Jan. 31 at Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. Thompson was on hand to discuss his work at the exhibit opening earlier in the month. “I love creating art, which is a natural and important part of my life,” Thompson explained. The Florida native has been working ... Read More »

Up a Creek at the Nature Festival

The kayak launch point was at the very end a slow, three-mile drive down Shell Island Road, After donning life vests and stashing our valuables, we were helped into our kayaks one by one before our tour.

By Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com As a reporter, I’m often presented with opportunities to participate in fun local activities; invited to join in some wild adventures; and sometimes even confronted with daunting new challenges. Recently, I was invited to join a two-hour, guided kayaking trip on the morning of Friday, Jan. 16, as part of the Coastal Breeze’s coverage of the 11th Annual Southwest Florida Nature Festival at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. When I agreed to take part in the tour, I was unsure of which category the day’s activity would eventually fall under. Having only kayaked twice in ... Read More »

Afiyet Olsun

Kumpir stands with their baked potato toppings piled high line  the street in the Ortakoy district of Istanbul. PHOTOS BY VICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Many people have asked me about the food in Istanbul; we loved it. There was a wide variety of options available, both in terms of eating establishments and food choices. Street food is popular. Red push carts dot the streets and hole-in-the-wall kiosks are located throughout the city. For a quick breakfast or snack any time of the day, there is limit — thin rounds of baked dough that have been dipped in molasses and sesame seeds. During the day, other carts sell grilled corn on the cob and chocolate covered chestnuts. Kumpir stalls sell baked ... Read More »

TBE Profile: Dana Vogel

Miss Vogel takes some time before starting the day to go over homework with her 4th-grade students. PHOTOS BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com For Dana Vogel, coming to Marco Island was like going back to her childhood stomping grounds of Bethany Beach, DE. “I have family that live on Marco Island,” she says. “Marco Island reminds me of Bethany Beach, DE. When I lived there, I remember not having to lock our doors at night and being a smaller, tight-knit community. I feel safe on Marco Island just as I did when I lived in Bethany Beach. It’s a feeling that unfortunately is not so easy to find anymore.” That’s why she jumped at the chance to teach ... Read More »

Marco Island Yacht Club to Install New 2015 Bridge Officers

Submitted On Saturday, Jan. 24, the Marco Island Yacht Club will hold its gala annual event, the Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. New officers will be installed at the formal and festive event, which will be held in the Harbor Dining Room, overlooking the yacht basin, the Marco River and the Jolley Bridge spanning the river. In preparation, Clubhouse Manager Tom Leonard and his staff are planning for more than 80 members and guests. Dress is formal, with gentlemen wearing either the MIYC club uniform or black tie. The time-honored installation ceremony, Change of Watch, is based on the ... Read More »

Pancakes, Planes and Festivals in Everglades City, Oh My!

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By Pat Newman Season has sprung in Everglades City, and the list of upcoming events is growing by the day. Pancakes and Planes You don’t have to be a pilot to fill-up on pancakes Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Everglades Airpark in Everglades City. The season’s first pancake breakfast is free and open to the public 10 AM- 12 PM. Hosted by Wings 10,000 Island Tours, the once-a-month event has been going strong for about 12 years. Chuck Gretzke of Wings 10,000 Island Tours said the breakfasts are held to focus attention on the small airport which has the distinction ... Read More »

Density Credit Ratio Transfers — The debate continues

New Planning Board Chairman Dr. Marty Roddy rolls up his sleeves, ready to get down to business. PHOTO BY PAT NEWMAN

By Pat Newman Marco Island Planning Board’s first meeting of 2015 focused on some lingering issues and addressed new business like allowing artificial turf and a temporary use permit for Rose Marina. Dr. Marty Roddy took over as chairman following the resignation of Monte Lazarus. As a newly appointed city magistrate, Lazarus was required by Florida state law to vacate his seat. The board voted 5-1 to increase the commercial component of mixed-use from 25 percent to 50 percent in C-4 zoning districts. Dr. Bill Trotter recommended that the ratios should be changed to 50 percent residential and 50 percent ... Read More »

San Marco CCW Presents Rainbow of Fashions

Submitted The San Marco Council of Catholic Women (CCW) will host its annual “Rainbow of Fashions,” Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 11 AM at the San Marco Church Parish Center. Lunch will be catered by Speakeasy, and fashions will be provided by Kay’s on the Beach and Patchington. There will be door prizes, a Chinese auction and raffle. Tickets are $50 per person, with proceeds benefiting CCW local charities and scholarships. Reservations are required by Jan. 23. For more information or to make reservations, contact Lynne Minozzi at 239-642-3836. Checks are to be made out to the San Marco CCW, and ... Read More »

Cutting the Ribbon on Xcel Fitness

The ribbon cutting marked the official grand opening of Xcel Fitness Spa, one of the newer businesses on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce membership rolls.

By Don Manley It’s a case of so far, so good for Xcel Fitness Spa, Marco Island’s newest, large-scale exercise center. Located in a 6,300-square-foot space in the Shops of Marco, off San Marco Road, Xcel has attracted a loyal following since opening last Feburary, said the business’ owner, Eddy Hoyo. “Here we are 11 months later and business is great,” he said recently. “We had a great summer sign-up from residents and season’s starting now, and we’re getting a great response from our out-of-towners. So we’re looking forward to a great season and growing Xcel in the best it ... Read More »

Bringing History to Life at MIHM

The re-enactors, pictured in the back row (l-r) are Doreen Hertel as Bertha  Potter Palmer, the Belle of Sarasota and Cattle Queen; Don Mills as Bion Barnett, early Florida banker; Ed Mirocco as Dr. Louis Olds, Homeopathic doctor and early Marco Island resident;
Kathy Mirocco as Dr. Mary’s Olds; Lee Lindbergh as Baron Gift Collier; and Betsy Perdichizzi as Tommie Barfield, the Queen of Marco Island. Pictured in the front row (l-r) are Mary Lou Jankowski as Mrs. Maggie Collier, the wife of Captain Bill Collier; Evelyn Case as Nurse Hazel Pettit Griffin; and Marion Nicolay as Deaconess Harriett Bedell, the Missionary to the Everglades. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Earlier this month, members of the Marco Island Historical Society portrayed historically important Marco Islanders at a reception for the opening of the “Painting Southwest Florida History” exhibit, which was held Jan. 6. The exhibit will be at the Marco Island Historical Museum until March 21.   Read More »

The Man Who Put Man on the Moon

Tom Williams and Darrell Loan. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted Rocket scientist Darrell Loan took the Marco’s Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution out of this world at its Jan. 15 meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club. Loan, a part-time Marco resident, was one of the few “rocket men” whose brilliance, imagination and dedication put the first men on the moon, astronauts Neil Armstrong, followed by Buzz Aldrin, July 20, 1969. Loan’s exploits are recounted by long-time Marco resident Tom Williams in “Surrounded by Thunder,” his historical narrative about the golden age of America’s space program. Williams’ book is fact, written from several years of interviews with ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Holds Meeting

Diane Hughes (l-r), Juliette Flasche and Bridget Murphy check the schedule.

Submitted Marco Island’s Calusa Garden Club held their first meeting of the year on Jan. 12. Prior to the meeting a workshop about air plants was presented by Connie Lowery. During the meeting, it was announced that president Dale DeFeo had won two state awards: “The Mentoring Award” and a petite floral design award, which will be featured in the 2016 calendar. DeFeo, a well-known floral designer, presented the program after the meeting. It was titled “Blue Ribbon Horticulture Entries and Pot e’fleur.” A field trip, planned by Opi DeFalco, will occur in March and will be open to the ... Read More »

Flotilla 95 Swears In New Bridge for 2015

Tom Dines and Keith Wohltman are sworn in by Chief Warrant Officer Robert Garris and Commodore Walter Jaskiewicz.

By Laurie Harris Public Affairs Officer In a time-honored tradition, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary conducted the 48th annual Change of Watch. On Jan. 11, Flotilla 95 Marco Island swore in Keith Wohltman as flotilla commander and Tom Dines as vice flotilla commander. The program began with John DeFalco, a past flotilla commander, sounding the bell for the “Crossing the Bar” ceremony. The ringing of the bell provides a moment to remember those lost over the past year. In 2014, Flotilla 95 lost one of its most dedicated members, Ron Klein, after a long illness. This solemn time was followed ... Read More »

K of C Bingo Season Opens with Record Crowds

Record crowds filled the hall for Bingo at San Marco Chuch.

Submitted The San Marco Church Knights of Columbus Bingo pulled in almost 500 players in the first two sessions of this season — the most players ever. Attendance for the opening night Bingo was up more than 70 percent over the previous year, a record opening night. The Jan. 15 Bingo games brought in 23 percent more players than the previous year. Joe Fatony, the Grand Knight of the San Marco K of C said, “Opening night temperatures were cool, which usually makes Bingo a more attractive entertainment alternative for seasonal visitors, but there was still a record crowd for ... Read More »

Auditions for ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ to be Held

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Island Theater Company (ITC) will hold auditions for Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 2-3, beginning at 6:30 PM. Auditions will be held at the Centennial Bank location at 615 Elkcam Circle on the second floor. Those unable to attend the scheduled audition dates can contact ITC directly at 239-394-0080 to arrange another time. Sponsored by Clausen Properties, “Arsenic and Old Lace” is the story of Abby and Martha Brewster, two charming and charitable sisters who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers. They have ... Read More »

Party with the Power Squadron

Submitted Join the party to find out why boaters have more fun at the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron (MISPS) Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party on Friday, Jan. 23, 5:00-7:30 PM, at the San Marco Catholic Church Parish Center. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy great food and fine wine while contributing to a good cause. Tickets are $20 per person at the door, in advance for cash or check by contacting Peggy Harsch, event chairman, at 239-394-3484. The annual Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Party is the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron’s major fundraiser. All of the ... Read More »

Bracing Myself

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinda@coastalbreezenews.com It was this time last year that I was first introduced to Goodland and the completely unfamiliar phenomenon of season. I flew back to Ohio with my head still spinning, but was ready to make the quick turnaround to relocate here. In the short month spent visiting my mother, I’d gotten caught up in the whirlwind of fun; so many things to do jam-packed into so little time. Over the last week, the air has once again become thick with an almost palpable anticipation for the sudden influx of tourism that’s just around the corner, and ... Read More »

Sponsors Needed

Submitted Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce invite local businesses to consider an affordable $50 sponsorship for the Eighth Annual Marco Island Wet Paint Live event, a day of fine art plein-air painting followed by an evening of celebration and live auction to benefit the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Marco Island serves as the backdrop for this Feb. 11 event, with up to 20artists capturing the essence of the island community while painting from several picturesque locations. The public is invited to visit the artists as they create their works around the area, and a map of ... Read More »

Souper Bowl 2015

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Right now, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are preparing to go to battle in the University of Phoenix Stadium during the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1. On Marco Island, nine restaurants and one culinary arts program are prepping for their own competition, as they get ready to participate in Souper Bowl-Marco Island 2015 on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Mackle Park from 11 AM-1 PM. A bowl pre-sale event only for parents of students who created a bowl is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30. Bowls are $10 each. Now ... Read More »

MICMS Girls Soccer Wins GCAC Championship

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It was beautiful afternoon for a soccer game on Friday, Jan. 9. Thanks to word-of-mouth community support and the Optimist Club of Marco Island’s recreational league, a crowd of about 200 spectators gathered at Winterberry Park to watch the Marco Island Charter Middle School Girls Soccer Team win the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Championship game against Evangelical Christian School of Fort Meyers. Led by a strong backbone of eighth graders and second-year Head Coach Patrick Baldwin, the Eagles won handily 6-1 and brought the first conference championship in any sport back to MICMS since ... Read More »